Search engines, portals and global capitalism

Miller, V.A. (2000) Search engines, portals and global capitalism. In: Gauntlett, D., ed. Web.Studies: Rewiring Media Studies for the Digital Age. Arnold/Oxford University Press, London, pp. 113-121. ISBN 0340760494. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

This chapter examines the claim made by Michael Dawson and John Bellamy-Foster that the Internet will fail to produce a perfect marketplace. Their claim lies in the political and economic history of communications, an indistry increasingly dominated by oligopoly. They believe that the information highway will be no exception to this trend, especially considering its increasing attractiveness to global capital. My argument is that within the development of portals and search engines, we can see Foster and Dawson's thesis played out. These companies show how the development of the Internet has been one of commercial interests, how they have the potential to be powerful marketing tools and how thier continuing financial saga is evidence of a trend towards oligopoly on the information highway.

Item Type: Book section
Uncontrolled keywords: Search Engines, Portals, Political Economy, Globalisation, ICT, Internet
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Vince Miller
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2009 05:44
Last Modified: 30 Jul 2012 10:03
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/13030 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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